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Swiss Household Energy Demand Survey (SHEDS)


The Swiss Household Energy Demand Survey (SHEDS) has been developed as part of the research agenda of the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society, and Transition (SCCER CREST). It is designed to collect a comprehensive description of the Swiss households’ energy‐related behaviors, their longitudinal changes and the existing potentials for future energy demand reduction. The survey is planned in five annual waves (2016-2020) thus generating a rolling panel dataset of 5,000 respondents per wave.

The data contain information on equipment and use for the same households in three different fields of energy consumption:

  • Heating: heating system, temperature, use of hot water, …
  • Electricity: type and efficiency of appliances, usage of electrical appliances, …
  • Mobility: type and efficiency of vehicle, vehicle size and usage (km), distance to workplace, …

The household characteristics collected can be classified in three main disciplines:

  • Economics: number of people, age, income, education, type of residence, energy literacy…
  • Psychology: environment attitudes, risk attitudes, emotions, values, life satisfaction, …
  • Sociology: social norms, performance, context, life events, …

Time-varying characteristics are being collected in every wave of the survey in order to track changes over time at the individual level. Time‐invariant characteristics, however, are naturally collected only once for each respondent, at the time of first entrance in SHEDS. Additional modules with various types of choice experiments are implemented since the second wave of the survey.

Institutions involvedUniNE, UniBas, ETHZ, UniGE, UniSG, ZHAW
Contact persons Mehdi Farsi (UniNE), Sylvain Weber (UniNE)
Keywords Household energy consumption, heating, electricity, mobility
Disciplines Economics, psychology, sociology
Unit of observation Households
Geographical space Switzerland (without Ticino)
Data collection methodOnline survey
Questionnaire2016 / 2017 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020
Data availabilityAccess to Data and Research Agenda

 The SHEDS-Showroom provides an overview of the collected data on household energy use in the areas heating, mobility, electricity, distinguished by cantons and years.


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